This year, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Oviedo is celebrating its centennial. As part of the commemoration, the church has launched a program called the Servant Project where volunteers from the church serve local charities. In this feature we will hear about this project and the history of the church on its 100th anniversary.
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church was founded in 1912 by Slovak farmers who settled the town of Slavia. The original wooden church was 16 by 20 feet just enough for the 25 members. Today, 100 years later, the church campus is one of the largest Lutheran congregations in the country.
In this feature three members of St. Luke’s church tell the story of the centennial celebration. First, Judy Duda gives an account of the early years of the settlers and the church. She describes the succession of buildings that were erected to accommodate the growth of the church over 100 years.
Nikki Rach, the Director of Stewardship for the church and its school, explains the series of service projects initiated by the church to expand their contribution to the community. Inspired by their faith and their history, church members are giving time, talent, treasure and testimony to others by volunteering with organizations that help those in need.
Kristin Sellers is one of the volunteers participating in the Servant Projects. She describes how this experience has touched her heart.
Director of Stewardship Development, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and School
Member, Centennial Committee
St. Luke’s Church Servant Projects volunteer